Mexican ambassador makes a stunning accusation about migrant caravan from Honduras

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Then-President Manuel Zelaya was turning the country in a leftist direction and eventually was accused of attempting to illegally prompt a rewriting of the constitution.

United States President Donald Trump is threatening to deploy the military and close the country's southern border as more Hondurans and Salvadorans join thousands of migrants in Guatemala heading north.

"I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught - and if unable to do so I will call up the US Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!"

In his series of Thursday tweets, Trump threatened to rip up a recently signed trade agreement with Mexico if Enrique Peña Nieto's government doesn't act to stop illegal immigration and the drug trade at the border, with Mexican drug cartels making an estimated $19-29 billion per year on drug sales in the US. Though the administration abandoned that policy, Trump has said he's considering bringing it back as a deterrent.

A first group of several hundred migrants arrived late on Wednesday in the border town of Tecun Uman, Guatemala, where they overflowed a local shelter, leaving many to sleep in the town square or on the street, an AFP correspondent said.

Nevertheless, it's hard to make a rational case for why our government should regard Central American migrants as a threat to the safety and material well-being of the American people. The trafficking networks are controlled by drug cartels and use drug-smuggling routes to help the migrants cross the US border illegally.

Trump's frustration appears to stem in part from record levels of migrant parents entering the United States with children in the three months since his administration ended family separations at the border.

"We will offer jobs, work to Central Americans".

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With less than three weeks before the November 6 midterm elections, Trump seized on the migrant caravan to make border security a political issue and energize his Republican base.

The issue with Trump's threat is that deploying active US military troops for domestic law enforcement duties is illegal, unless he declares a national emergency and is granted a waiver by Congress.

Mexican officials are desperately seeking a way to block the migrants after President Trump earlier Thursday threatened to cancel the U.S.

Mexico has sent hundreds of police to its southern border as a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants approaches from Guatemala.

"But we have also made very clear that there's no legal ground on which Mexico can issue a permit by which people can just go through Mexico towards the United States", he concluded.

Mexico's foreign ministry did not respond to a request for comment.

The statement warned that anyone who enters Mexico in an "irregular manner" faces detention and deportation.

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